STAFF members at Gobowen's Orthopaedic Hospital will put on their dancing shoes to raise funds for charity.

The two staff members, Professor Tracey Willis, consultant paediatric neurologist; and Karen Price, outpatient receptionist for the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries, are taking part in the inaugural Strictly Shropshire dance competition, to raise money for Hope House Children's Hospice.

The pair are two of 12 beginner dancers who are currently in training and undertaking dance lessons, ahead of the competition which is taking place at the Lion Quays Hotel in Weston Rhyn on Friday, November 22.

Karen, who will be dancing the Paso Doble with professional dancer, Ross Millar, said that although she is nervous, the challenge had been a learning curve.

“Training has been good fun so far," she added. "The support I’ve already received in terms of fundraising from friends, family, colleagues and patients has been absolutely amazing, I’ve been very fortunate.

“I had my reservations about doing the Paso but with Ross’ expert tuition, it’s looking good.

“I am extremely nervous ahead of the competition but what will be will be! It’s all for a good cause after all.”

And Tracey, who danced ballet as a child, said she is looking forward to the challenge, particularly as it is in aid of Hope House.

“I’ve enjoyed our training so far but it has been challenging, particularly as I’m not dancing with a professional," she added.

"Neither myself, nor Derek, have any real dance experience but the Charleston is a fun dance to learn, it’s all about the slapstick comedy, so it’ll certainly be entertaining!

“I decided to sign up for the competition because not only did I know I would have good fun learning a new skill – it was the fact that the competition is taking place in aid of Hope House.

“Hope House is a truly fantastic cause. Many of our patients and their families use their services, which is why it felt right for us to try our hand at the competition.

“Fingers crossed we’re alright on the night!”

You can sponsor Tracey at and Karen at